Corsair RM750x PSU Review

Efficiency, Temperature, Noise, Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images

Efficiency

Our efficiency testing procedure is detailed here.

Using the results from the previous page, we plotted a chart showing the efficiency of the RM750x at low loads, and loads from 10 to 110 percent of the PSU's maximum-rated capacity.

The RM750x that we had in hand proved to be a little more efficient, compared to the RM750i that we tested awhile ago. Compared to the competition, it scored very well; but it wasn't able to come even close to both Seasonic platforms with a similar capacity.

Efficiency At Low Loads

In the following tests, we measure the efficiency of the RM750x at loads significantly lower than 10 percent of the device's maximum capacity (the lowest load the 80 Plus standard measures). The loads we dialed were 20, 40, 60 and 80W. This is important for representing when a PC is idle, with power-saving features turned on.

Test #12 V5 V3.3 V5 VSBPower
(DC/AC)
EfficiencyFan SpeedFan NoisePF/AC
Volts
11.204A0.491A0.480A0.195A19.60W68.58%0 RPM0 dBA0.836
12.084V5.041V3.320V5.035V28.58W115.1V
22.437A0.989A0.992A0.395A39.70W79.16%0 RPM0 dBA0.929
12.079V5.040V3.318V5.030V50.15W115.1V
33.677A1.476A1.505A0.594A59.81W83.92%0 RPM0 dBA0.960
12.073V5.041V3.318V5.026V71.27W115.1V
44.902A1.985A1.988A0.795A79.75W85.82%0 RPM0 dBA0.969
12.068V5.042V3.316V5.023V92.93W115.1V

Efficiency at light loads is very good. With 60W and 80W load, the RM750x easily passed the 80 percent mark, and even with 20W load it managed to stay close to 70 percent. Finally, on all of the above tests the unit's cooling fan wasn't engaged, although the ambient was close to 40 C.

5VSB Efficiency

The ATX specification states that 5VSB standby supply efficiency should be as high as possible, recommending 50 percent or higher efficiency with 100mA of load, 60 percent or higher with 250mA of load and 70 percent or higher with 1A or more of load.

We will take four measurements: one each at 100, 250 and 1000mA, and one with the full load the 5VSB rail can handle. 

Test #5VSBPower (DC/AC)EfficiencyPF/AC Volts
10.101A0.51W77.27%0.064
5.052V0.66W115.1V
20.251A1.27W80.38%0.141
5.048V1.58W115.1V
31.002A5.04W80.51%0.327
5.029V6.26W115.1V
43.002A14.94W79.68%0.431
4.976V18.75W115.1V

The 5VSB rail achieved very good efficiency levels. As you can see from the table above, it managed to score over 80 percent efficiency with 1A load — a result worth mentioning, since very few PSUs are able to pass the 80 percent mark in these tests.

Power Consumption In Idle And Standby

Mode12 V5 V3.3 V5VSBPower (AC)PF/AC Volts
Idle12.091V5.043V3.323V5.043V8.34W0.470
115.1V
Standby0.05W0.005
115.1V

In the table above, you'll find the power consumption and voltage values of all rails (except -12V) when the PSU is idle (powered on, but without any load on its rails), and the power consumption when the PSU is in standby mode (without any load, at 5VSB).

Vampire power was extremely low with both 115V and 230V supply voltage. This plays a key role in the 5VSB rail's high efficiency levels, especially at light loads.

Fan RPM, Delta Temperature And Output Noise

Our mixed noise testing is described in detail here.

The first chart below illustrates the cooling fan's speed (RPMs), and the delta between input and output temperature. The results were obtained at 39 C (102.2 F) to 49 C (120.2 F) ambient temperature.   

The next chart shows the cooling fan's speed (RPMs) and output noise. We measured acoustics from 1 meter away, inside a small, custom-made anechoic chamber with internals completely covered in soundproofing material (be quiet! Noise Absorber kit). Background noise inside the anechoic chamber was below 18 dB(A) during testing, and the results were obtained with the PSU operating at 39 C (102.2 F) to 49 C (120.2 F) ambient temperature. 

The following graph illustrates the fan's output noise over the entire operating range of the PSU. The same conditions of the above graph apply to our measurements, though the ambient temperature was between 28 C (82.4 F) to 30 C (86 F). 

We believe that the high load that we applied from the start on the minor rails resulted in a very short passive mode. We noticed the same behavior in the RM750i, so most likely this is a quirk that is specific to this platform. Despite the short passive mode period during our cross-load tests, the PSU managed to operate very silently, overall. 

Cross-Load Tests

Our cross-load tests are described in detail here.

To generate the following charts, we set our loaders to auto mode through our custom-made software before trying more than 1,500 possible load combinations with the +12V, 5V and 3.3V rails. The load regulation deviations in each of the charts below were calculated by taking the nominal values of the rails (12V, 5V and 3.3V) as point zero.

Load Regulation Charts

Efficiency Chart

Ripple Charts

Infrared Images

Toward the end of the cross-load tests, we took some photos of the PSU with our modified FLIR E4 camera that delivers 320x240 IR resolution (76,800 pixels).

We pushed this PSU very hard, as you can see from the thermal shots above. In the worst-case scenario, the operating temperature of several components was well above 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit), and the very high temperature didn't seem to affect its performance in any notable way. During our overload test at 49.5 C (121 F) ambient temperature, the bridge rectifier went up to 116 C (240 F). However, that very high temperature didn't pose a problem for the proper operation of this specific component. On the contrary, the higher the working temperature of a bridge rectifier, the lower the voltage drops on its diodes are. Thus, efficiency is increased because less energy is wasted. 

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  • Blueberries
    I've been promoting these for a while, it's nice to see Tom's do an article on them. The only reason these are Gold rated is because they just miss the Platinum rating at 20%.

    They have a 650x as well that's a little cheaper.
  • Amdlova
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...
  • Aris_Mp
    Please keep in mind that some Corsair PSUs are also made by Seasonic. Also this series is very new to have a high rate of failures. Unless you have some solid facts to share on the older RM line which is out for quite some time now.
  • jonnyguru
    1335368 said:
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...


    Wrong on so many levels.

    YOU do not have the failure rate for this or any other Corsair PSU.

    This PSU is the RMx, not the RM, so even if you did have a failure rate, it would only be about two weeks of data.

    If you were talking about the RM and not the RMx, and you actually had failure rate data, you would see that the failure rate on the RM wasn't really high at all.
  • PureBlackFire
    Quote:
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...


    *sigh* nonsense comment of the day.
  • chalabam
    Tomshardware:

    I don't know if this is a problem of your site, or my PC/IP, but frequently the charts do not load, even when the page "ends" loading.



    Sometimes, if I "reload", then the charts also load.

    I open all the article pages simultaneously, on different tabs, so I don't need to wait for each one to load.
  • Rookie_MIB
    The older RM units weren't 'bad' really, they were ok, but Corsair has been stepping up its game with quality parts and build on some of these newer units which is nice to see. You can never have too many solidly designed units to choose from - competition toughens the breed.
  • Blueberries
    Quote:
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...


    Did you even LOOK at the article? The only problem with these are the Sinopowers on the secondary side, and that's not even a "bad" thing. Oh and btw, some of the best power supplies in the world are Superflower OEMs produced by Corsair.
  • mavikt
    With these in depth coverage of PSU's I propose introducing a tier'ing table thing at the and of each review (or perhaps a best buy PSU of the month) equivalent to what's done for CPU's and GPU's, ranking PSU models (perhaps too the makers). I saw a comment here on toms on another PSU news flash in the comment section referring to such thing in the forum but now I can't find it.
    Permanent'ing such thing from the editorial side would be great!
  • anort3
    Quote:
    Quote:
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...
    Did you even LOOK at the article? The only problem with these are the Sinopowers on the secondary side, and that's not even a "bad" thing. Oh and btw, some of the best power supplies in the world are Superflower OEMs produced by Corsair.


    Corsair doesn't use SuperFlower anywhere in its lineup. CWT, Great Wall, Flextronics, Seasonic and Chicony which has since been dropped are all the OEMs Corsair uses or has used.
  • JackNaylorPE
    Tier lists and OEM brand are by no means an indicator of quality. Just because a certain OEM is used is no guarantee of quality. Just like Corsair sells Great, Good, moderate and crappy PSU's, most OEMs also produce a wide range of quality.

    Tier lists will include an entire product line in a category based upon a single model review. The Corsair HX 750/850 were great, the 1000 / 1050 were dogs but all were placed in the same tier. Below we see that CWT made their lowest tier as well as some of the best products Corsair ever sold.

    CS was made by Great Wall
    CX and GS by CWT
    VS by CWT
    RM 450-650 were made by CWT,
    RM 750 and 850 by Chcony
    RM 750v2 -850v2 and 1000 were made by CWT
    RMi / RMx series are made by CWT
    HX 650 was made by Seasonic
    HX 750, 850 and 1050 were made by CWT (2/3 were excellent)
    HXi series was made by CWT
    AX series was made by Seasonic
    AXi was made by Flextronics
  • Blueberries
    218893 said:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    High Rate Faliure can be the the name of this series of corsair. for Now EVGA or SEASONIC power supplies. don't spend a penny on corsair products...
    Did you even LOOK at the article? The only problem with these are the Sinopowers on the secondary side, and that's not even a "bad" thing. Oh and btw, some of the best power supplies in the world are Superflower OEMs produced by Corsair.
    Corsair doesn't use SuperFlower anywhere in its lineup. CWT, Great Wall, Flextronics, Seasonic and Chicony which has since been dropped are all the OEMs Corsair uses or has used.


    Wrong. The AXi is a SuperFlower Leadex OEM. Which is sometimes produced by Corsair, Seasonic, and EVGA.
  • anort3
    The AXi OEM is Flextronics..... Unless you know something all the review sites don't?

    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page447.htm

    http://www.orionpsudb.com/corsair

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=317

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=378


    And why would Seasonic make a SuperFlower platform? They don't. The 2 companies are direct competitors. You are correct about EVGA using SuperFlower though.
  • Blueberries
    I'll shut up now. I thought the AXi was SuperFlower which is the stem of my confusion
  • jonnyguru
    35894 said:
    The Corsair HX 750/850 were great, the 1000 / 1050 were dogs...


    They were?!?!?! Says who???
  • JackNaylorPE
    Quote:
    They were?!?!?! Says who???


    The guy who gave it a 8.5 performance * and 7.0 Build Quality rating :)
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=245

    The 850 got a 10 in performance but back then no BQ ratings
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=153

    * 1000 wasn't that bad with a 9.0 performance rating. I used it 3 times as I recall, had problems with 2..... one would hiccup under SLI loads, a user build had fan noise issues.
  • jonnyguru
    35894 said:
    Quote:
    They were?!?!?! Says who???
    The guy who gave it a 8.5 performance * and 7.0 Build Quality rating :) http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=245


    Right. And if you read the fine print:

    "More loose heatsink screws to deal with. But at least there were only two of them in there this time that could be considered a potential problem. Two points off for that. It'll probably never be a problem for 99% of these sold, but I'm an electronics tech. I get to be picky with stuff like that."

    This doesn't make a product "a dog".

    AFAIK, it really wasn't a problem for 99% of the folks out there and since it was pointed out in the reviews, CWT started using nylon washers or thread lock on all screws.
  • tacgnol06
    RM750i is currently slightly cheaper than this model on Newegg, which leads me to wonder why they'd release this version to begin with, unless they're phasing it out to replace it with something cheaper to make for around the same retail price... oh.
  • JackNaylorPE
    112719 said:
    Right. And if you read the fine print: "More loose heatsink screws to deal with. But at least there were only two of them in there this time that could be considered a potential problem. Two points off for that. It'll probably never be a problem for 99% of these sold, but I'm an electronics tech. I get to be picky with stuff like that." This doesn't make a product "a dog".


    I did read the fine print, but I am speaking "in context" ... As you said ... 2 points off... that only brings it to a 9. In the general context of things, I normally would call a 9.0 build quality rating a dog.... perfectly acceptable, perfectly suitable for an office or budget restricted gaming box.

    But when one is looking at, and prepared to pay for what the HX series bought to the table for a presumed moderate to higher end build for overclocking or gaming, the mindset is "top end".

    I expect a 10.0 here. When you are paying 10.0 quality a prices, a 9.0 BQ / Perf. rating is gonna get a "dog" label, at least in my eyes. If I wanted 9.0's, I'd look at cheaper model lines. As a TX, and without the careless assembly, the moniker would not have been used.